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Top 10 Snowshoeing Destinations in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock
If you can walk, odds are you can also snowshoe. It’s a relatively easy sport that provides a great source of exercise. When you snowshoe in Alaska, it not only gets the blood pumping, but it provides a unique and memorable way to capture the state’s beauty and wonder. Need...  Read More

Alaska Survival Tips: How to Properly Smoke a Salmon

by ATJ Posted in Friendliest Catch: Fishing in Alaska, In the Kitchen
Image used through Creative Commons License from FairbanksMike
When you think about it, salmon are highly complex fish.  They are typically anadromous, meaning they’re born in fresh water, migrate to the sea, then return to fresh water to reproduce.  Plus, studies have shown that salmon actually return to the exact spot where they were born to spawn.  Given...  Read More

Why Thanksgiving in Alaska is Epic

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
What came first…the chicken or the egg?  Who really cares when we’re approaching Thanksgiving Day!  This is the time of the year when the chicken takes a backseat to the turkey, right?  Wait a second, we’re dealing with Alaska.  Alaskans do eat turkey, correct? Of course they do.  But, consider...  Read More

Seasonal Jobs That Don’t Require Constant Travel

by ATJ Posted in A Day In The Life
Photo by schmidmsu1 used under Creative Commons License
Many people assume seasonal jobs in Alaska require constant trekking. This is simply not the case. Some of us love to be turtles, carrying a few belongings on our backs, but there’s also nothing wrong with the stability that comes from working in a central location. Let’s take a quick...  Read More

Our 10 Favorite Fishing Rivers in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
This photo by Caitlin Marr is used under Creative Commons License
It’s no secret that Alaska offers some of the finest fishing in the United States, if not the world. But the state itself is huge and over 12,000 rivers call Alaska their home. So how do you even begin to discover your favorite fishing hole? Don’t stress. Just get your...  Read More

Why a Summer Tour Job in Alaska is Better than Summer Camp

by ATJ Posted in Why I Like to Work Here
Photo by Bunny & Norm Lenburg used under Creative Commons License
How about a quick recipe for the ultimate summer? Take a run of the mill summer camp.  Place it in the ultimate frontier that is Alaska.  Add into the mix a few spices like: an unbridled natural playground, amazing people, an unmatched sense of flexibility and freedom, and one heck...  Read More

How Locals Prep for an Alaska Winter

by ATJ Posted in A Day In The Life
This photo by Doug Brown is used under Creative Commons License
There’s cold, and then there’s “Alaska in the winter” cold. Just how cold are we talking? Interior Alaska often experiences temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit for days at a time. But despite the frigid temps, locals find ways to survive and thrive through every winter. In order...  Read More

The Best Photo Keepsakes You’ll Actually Use

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
This photo by Cecil Sanders is used under Creative Commons License
Spending time in Alaska virtually guarantees you’re going to be coming home with pictures you want to show off. Whether you spent the summer as a barista in Denali, a server in Fairbanks, or you took the trip of a lifetime this summer to explore the wilds of Alaska as...  Read More

Don’t Hibernate Yet! Top 10 Outdoor Fall Activities in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Alaska Fall Activities
From fantastic wildlife viewing to soaking up spectacular colors to enjoying unique events, Alaska enjoys an abundance of amazing fall activities. Don’t let the mere thought of winter stifle your thirst for adventure. Quench this thirst as you take advantage of Alaska’s fall season with these 10 amazing outdoor treats....  Read More

12 Books to Read Before Living in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Image used under Flickr Creative Commons license from Ryan Hyde.
From classic narratives of roughing it in the bush to contemporary takes on quirky Alaskan characters, Alaska has inspired writers to reach for superlatives from day one. Here are some of our must-reads authored by Alaskan natives, awestruck visitors, and those who’ve been touched and inspired by the state’s beauty...  Read More